Event details

Friday 1 December
Saturday 2 December

The willow weaving masterclass will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm, followed by entry to the house and garden from 5pm.

£190 per person

This expert masterclass includes all materials, refreshments including a picnic lunch, and evening access to Christmas in the house and garden.

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to work with international willow artist Emma Stothard to create your own festive stag sculpture. In this hands on workshop, you will create a 1m willow reindeer sculpture, perfect for decorating your house or garden this Christmas.

As part of your day, enjoy an introductory talk by Emma about her work and experience, followed by the opportunity to master the art of willow weaving.

Refreshments and a locally sourced picnic lunch will be provided. After the workshop, enjoy evening tickets to visit Christmas in the house and garden from 5pm. The house will close at 7.30pm.

Important information:

The workshop will take place outdoors, with hot drinks provided throughout the day. We advise wearing very warm clothing including a hat and thick socks! Willow can be a physically demanding material to work with so please email education@chatsworth.org if you have any access requirements and we will speak to you about your needs.

All tools, PPE and materials are provided.

About Emma Stothard

Acclaimed artist Emma has created beautiful sculptures across the country, including commissions for the Royal Gardens at Highgrove, RHS Chelsea Flower Show and the Great Yorkshire Show. Emma has most recently created a series of striking new sculptures for the Whitby Sculpture Trail.

I just love willow,” says Emma of the material she started her career with. “It’s a completely natural product, it’s very versatile, it has a wonderful smell, and a real energy. Working with it is almost like drawing in wood – each willow withy tapers naturally, as a line in pencil does. It has an ethereal quality, yet still gives solid shape, form and structure.

The finished product needs a little more care than the metal versions, depending on the environment it’s in, but look after it, and it’ll last beautifully for years.”

For more information about Emma, visit her website.

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